Thanks for all the kind words.
Mallard 4468: Yes, the layout was featured in Run 247, January 2011 and also in Great Layout Adventures, Volume 8.
Straphanger: The actual “tear down” was completed in one long day by a crew of 4 guys that do demos for house flippers. Filled 3 dump trucks. That was after more than a month of packing trains, buildings, vehicles, and O gauge people.
John: The new shop should be up and running in the next week or so. It’s about 30% larger than the old one and naturally I need to get it done before I can start on the layout.
The new basement is a little larger than the old one, but my plan is for the layout to be smaller than the old one and somewhat less complex. I’m almost 75 and don’t think I’m physically capable of anything quite as ambitious as the old Hodgson Valley.